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APPLES FROM THE DESERT
Sunday, September 13, 7:30 PM
Israel, 2014, 96 min., Hebrew with English subtitles
This timeless and moving tale of tradition versus modernity, which is based on an award-winning Israeli play is a coming-of-age drama that explores conflicts that arise in a Jewish Orthodox family when traditional values are challenged by a modern-day perspective.
Rebecca is an only child, living with her strictly religious parents in Jerusalem. She secretly breaks taboos, attending dance classes where she forms a relationship with secular kibbutznik. Suspicious of Rebecca’s growing acts of rebellion, her strict father reacts by setting in motion a prearranged marriage to an older widower with children
of his own. After Rebecca runs away from home, the family is forced to confront a moment of truth, forcing them to discover and re-establish relationships within the family. Nominated for three Ophir (Israeli Academy) awards.
Directors: Arik Lubetzky & Matti Harari.
Discussion led by Amy Posner
Amy Posner has been serving as the Executive Director of Hillel at the College of Staten Island since 2008. She has been building community through youth serving organizations for more than 25 years, having held positions in Young Judaea, and The Girl Scout Council of Central NY. She also directed the Jewish Multiracial Network, a grassroots organization serving multi-racial Jewish families and working to raise awareness as to the beautiful diversity of the Jewish People. Amy served as director of Camp Edward Isaacs. She was honored to be a 2014 JCC of Staten Island Dor L’Dor Woman Leader of the Community. She holds a BS in Recreation from the University of Maryland, a Certificate in Not for Profit Management from the University of Wisconsin, and a MA in Jewish Education from the Davidson School of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.
Sponsor: Jewish Federation of NENY